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COURSE NAME: "Engineering Fundamentals: Fluid Mechanics"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Ganley
EMAIL: [email protected]
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MA 299

This course covers theory and application of fluid statics, momentum transfer, and viscous fluid flow. Fundamentals of microscopic phenomena and application to macroscopic systems are addressed. Course work covers both open-channel and conduit (pipe) flow. The fluid statics and dynamics of incompressible and compressible fluids are considered.
Fluid characteristics, fluid statics, elementary and viscous fluid dynamics, finite control volume analysis, conservation of mass and energy, momentum transfer, pipe networks, open-channel flow, compressible and choked flow, operation of turbomachines in fluid systems.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:


(1)   be familiar with the properties and behavior of liquids and gases, be able to classify of various types of fluid flows, and will understand the basic concepts of boundary layer theory.

(2)   be familiar with the hydrostatic equation and its application.

(3)   be familiar with the Bernoulli equation and its application to flow measurement devices and the solution of fluid mechanics problems.

(4)   be familiar with the velocity and acceleration fields, control volume and system representations, and the Reynolds Transport Theorem.

(5)   understand the application of the basic principles of fluid mechanics through the use of the continuity, momentum, energy, and state equations.

(6)   be familiar with open-channel flow, laminar and turbulent pipe flow, and the use of the engineering diagrams to compute pressure loss in such flows.

understand the principles of compressible fluid flow and the operation of turbomachines.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Fluid MechanicsR. C. HibbelerPearson0-13-277762-2  

HomeworkHomework assignments will be graded: the average grade weighs 20 percent of the final grade.20
QuizzesQuizzes will administered in hard copy format. Details will be announced in class. Each quiz score accounts for fifteen percent of the final grade.60
Final exam (comprehensive)The final exam is comprehensive. If a student misses two classes or fewer during the course, they may add the weight of a low quiz score to that of the final exam.20

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory, and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is a highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluate theory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture and reference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performance demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

Attendance is not part of the course grade. However, students that miss even a single day of lecture are likely to fall behind in the course material. Each concept introduced in the course builds on mastery of previous concepts. The best strategy for success in this course is to attend every single lecture diligently. 

A student may not make up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
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Students, read this carefully. We will be using "Fluid Mechanics" by Hibbeler as the course textbook. This text has different ISBN numbers for the US and UK versions. This is a potential problem because we will be doing online homework that is inextricably linked to the textbook ISBN. If the ISBN doesn't match, then you would have to pay twice. You have 2 options. Option 1 is for students that learn best by reading a hard copy textbook. I recommend that you buy an old, used edition (because it's cheaper) of Hibbeler's Fluid Mechanics while in the U.S. Then, on the first day of class, I'll give you instructions for accessing and paying for the online eText and homework. You will only need a debit/credit card for making online purchases. I still need to check on the price, but I expect it to be between $80 and $120. Option 2 is for students that can learn from an eText and don't need a hard copy. Those students can simply purchase the eText/online homework access on the first day of class.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (Modifications will be announced in class)


Session Focus

Reading Assignment /

Other Assignment

Meeting Place/Exam Dates

Week 1

Ch. 1.1-1.6: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Analysis of Fluid Behavior, Density and Specific Gravity, the Ideal Gas Law; Ch. 1.7-1.10: Viscosity, Vapor Pressure, and Surface Tension; Ch. 2.1-2.10: Pressure in Fluids at Rest, Standard Atmosphere,  Manometry, Buoyancy, Pressure on Submerged Surfaces; Ch. 3.1-3.2: Fluid Flow Description and Types.



Week 2

Ch. 4.1, 4.3-4.4: Control Volumes, Flow Measurement, Conservation of Mass; Ch. 5.2-5.3, 5.5: Development and Use of the Bernoulli Equation, Conservation of Energy and the Energy Equation. Ch. 7.4-7.5, 7.11: Development of the Navier-Stokes Equations.


First quiz: Thursday, (Week 2)

Week 3

Ch. 8.1-8.5: Dimensional analysis and Similitude; Ch. 9.1-9.8: Characteristics of Pipe Flow, Laminar vs. Turbulent Flow, Shear Stress and Pipe Velocity Profiles, Ch. 10.1-10.4: Major and Minor Friction Losses, Pipe Networks and Hardy-Cross Technique.


 Second quiz: Thursday, (Week 3)

Week 4

Ch. 11.1-11.9: Flow Past Immersed Bodies, External and Boundary Layer Flow Characteristics, Friction and Pressure Drag, Ch. 12.1-12.9: Open-channel Flow Characteristics, Surface Waves, Energy Considerations, Uniform-depth Channel Flow.


Third quiz: Thursday, (Week 4)

Week 5

Ch. 13.1, 13.3-13.7: Compressible Flow Characteristics, Choked Flow, Isentropic and Nonisentropic Flow of Ideal Gases; Ch. 14.1-14.6: Pressure Changing Machines, Centrifugal Pumps, Axial and Mixed-flow Pumps, Hydraulic Turbines, Compressors, Gas Turbines.



Fourth quiz: Thursday, (Week 5)

Final Exam COMPREHENSIVE on Friday, (End of Week 5)